AJA FS-HDR for DPs and DITs

Bryce Button, AJA’s Director of Product Marketing, explains the FS-HDR and how it helps in cinema production. read more…

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Panasonic LUMIX S1R and S1

Panasonic showed two prototype models of their next Leica Format (Full Frame) Digital L-mount Mirrorless cameras: LUMIX S1R and the S1. I mention “Leica Format” mischievously because this is part of the L-Mount Alliance. The Leica Camera, Panasonic and Sigma L-mount triumvirate was announced at Photokina. Itss members agreed on using Leica’s L-mount, which has a 20mm Flange Focal Depth… read more…

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RED Report September 2018 (and 8K, Turing)

Jarred Land, President of RED Digital Cinema and Brent Carter, COO of RED, patiently endured another episode of FDT questions about Full Format, Lenses, Motors and other matters. read more…

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Mounting Questions: September 2018

Revisions and updates on lens mounts. Updates include new L, LPL, Z, and R. What are the trends? Shorter Flange Focal Depth and wider inside diameter of mounts.   Mount Flange Focal Depth (FFD) Inside Diameter of Mount Nikon Z mount 16 mm 55 mm Fujifilm X-series 17.7 mm 43.5 mm Sony E-mount 18mm 46.1 mm Canon EOS M-Mount 18mm… read more…

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Leica, Panasonic, Sigma L-Mount Alliance

Leica launched the L-mount with their Leica T (APS-C) mirrorless, interchangeable lens  camera in 2014. It was the 100th anniversary of Oskar Barnack’s Ur-Leica. A year later, the Leica SL (Typ 601) arrived: Leica Format (36x24mm), mirrorless, autofocus, with the same mount, now renamed “L-mount.” The L-mount has a Flange Focal Depth of 20mm. The mount’s inside diameter is 51mm…. read more…

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FUJIFILM GFX 50R Medium Format Camera

Photokina. September 25, 2018. Watch what they do, not what they say, as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is fond of saying. While many in the photography industry were saying, “Watch the new mirrorless Full Format (36x24mm) cameras,” Fujifilm was doing something completely different. They were leap-frogging from APS-C directly to Medium Format, and in the process, bypassing Full Format completely. The… read more…

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IB/E Smartfinder Pro: 65mm Director’s Finder

IB/E Optics is presenting a nice, new Director’s Viewfinder for lenses from S35 to Full Format and up to 65mm format. The Smartfinder Pro uses IB/E’s UMS Universal Mount System. This includes ARRI LPL, XPL and PL. You attach a lens. The image is gathered on a 62mm ∅ groundglass, which is slightly larger than the image area of an ARRI… read more…

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Leitz Cine Leica Format (LF FF VV) Lenses

Objects of desire beckoned behind glass. History repeated. Mystery lenses introduced. Nine years ago, a new line of cine optics floated among the stars. CW Sonderoptic’s Summilux-C Super35 lenses were presented. They didn’t yet have a name or a logo. It was a concept to entice. And entice they did. There are two sleek Leica Format zoom lenses. They are planned for delivery in late 2019. The 25-75 mm and 55-125 mm both have a breathtaking maximum aperture of T2.8, without ramping.A set of 12 prime lenses is planned for delivery in early 2020. Focal lengths run from 18 mm to 180 mm, all with a T1.8 aperture. read more…

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Cine Lens Specialist at ARRI Burbank

ARRI INC is looking for a Cinema Lens Specialist to work in their Burbank, CA office. Responsible for growing ARRI’s new line of cinema lenses by working closely with the sales and marketing team. Research the digital cinema markets to gain insight into market size and its potential for new sales. Interact with potential and existing clients. ARRI seeks a… read more…

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ULTRASCORPIO 70 Super Full Frame T1.4

Breaking news during IBC Set-Up day in Amsterdam. Servicevision will announce a new series of spherical large format lenses and show an 85mm T1.4 prototype this Saturday at their IBC booth 12.C43. The lenses are light, small and fast. Focal lengths: 18, 25, 35, 50, 85, 105 mm — all T1.4 — in 2019. 40mm and others coming later. Image… read more…

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Look! Cooke 1.8x Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus

Cooke Optics introduced 1.8x Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus lenses at IBC.

Les Zellan, Cooke Chairman, calling from the far side of the world, explained, “As soon as we introduced S7/i Full Frame Plus spherical primes, users asked for Full Frame anamorphics.” Cooke showed a 50mm T2.3 Full Frame Plus 1.8x Anamorphic/i lens at IBC. The core set will be 40, 50, 75 and 100 mm, all T2.3. Front diameters will be 110 mm. They will be similar in size to the Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses. These will be followed by 32, 135 and 180 mm. All these lenses will cover the Full Frame image area of 36 mm wide x 24mm high (image diagonal of 43.27 mm). read more…

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Fujifilm X-T3

Remember when someone said, around 2009, that a digital motion picture camera was just a still camera that shoots at 24 fps? Now we’ve come to the point where those digital still cameras are shooting remarkable video for major motion pictures. The convergence continues.

This summer, Matthew Libatique, ASC shot “A Different Beyond” using early models of the new Fujifilm X-T3 camera system. Matty was Cinematographer and Director of the short. It was produced by Chromista.

A pre-production X-T3 system landed at FDTimes just in time for this edition and a couple of NDA days before Fujifilm’s major launch event on September 6. This is the latest, top of the line APS-C mirrorless X Series Fujifilm digital still and video camera. The sensor measures 23.6 x 15.6mm. The X Mount has a 17.7mm flange focal depth (FFD). You can also use an X Mount to PL adapter. read more…

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Canon EOS R: 20mm FFD, 54mm ∅

Aloha. It’s 9 pm in Maui, Hawaii. 4 pm Tokyo. 9 am in Paris. At carefully synchronized events around the world, planned so that major markets would be awake, Canon launched their new EOS R Mirrorless Camera System. The mirrorless Full Frame camera has a new RF mount: 54mm inside diameter and 20mm Flange Focal Depth. Four new RF lenses… read more…

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ARRI ALEXA LF Update SUP 3.0

ARRI ALEXA LF gets SUP 3.0 software and hardware update. Hardware This latest software update, LF SUP 3.0, requires a new ACDA4 circuit board inside the camera. New ALEXA LF cameras will have the new board and SUP 3.0 installed. Existing cameras can be updated with the new hardware and software by ARRI Service Centers, free of charge. That is… read more…

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Nikon Z 7 and Z 6: 16mm FFD, 55mm ∅

  Nikon launched new mirrorless Full Frame cameras in Tokyo and New York today. Several things are remarkable about the new Nikon Z 7 and Z 6: The electronic viewfinder approaches the sharpness and focus-friendliness of a ground glass. It is astounding. The 3,690,ooo dot OLED panel of the electronic viewfinder has 100% frame coverage and 0.8x magnification. The new Z… read more…

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ALEXA LF and 35mm format Anamorphic Lenses

Marc Shipman-Mueller published a helpful and interesting white paper, “ALEXA LF & Anamorphic Lenses.” It is in the DOWNLOADS section of the ALEXA LF microsite. Here’s a summary of the key points. You have a Netflix show. You’d like to shoot with 35mm anamorphic lenses on Alexa LF. Can you satisfy the Netflix 4K UHD UHD specification? Yes. You can do this with Alexa LF Open Gate sensor mode and crop in post. read more…

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Lens Technician wanted at Band Pro Burbank

Lens Service Technician position available at Band Pro Burbank, CA. Responsible for service and maintenance of professional digital motion picture lenses and accessories. Includes the current lenses sold by Band Pro Film & Digital Inc. but may include vintage lenses that customers may provide. Technician’s role: 1.      Service, maintain and repair cinema lenses, ensuring equipment is complete and meets operational performance… read more…

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Netflix Mode for Sony Consumer Televisions

If you’re like me, you spend an inordinate amount of time tweaking and fiddling with the color, contrast and other settings of your home TV. This is maddening. Today, Sony and Netflix announced a helpful collaboration. Here’s the edited press release: Sony Electronics Launches MASTER Series TVs with Exclusive Netflix Calibrated Mode, Bringing Studio-quality Picture Mastering to the Living Room…. read more…

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Michael Neuhaeuser new ARRI Board Member

July 24, 2018, Munich. The Supervisory Board of ARRI Group announced today that Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser will be appointed as the new Executive Board member responsible for technology effective Sept 1. He succeeds Professor Franz Kraus. Franz Kraus will join the Supervisory Board and continue to work closely with the company. To clarify: Joerg Pohlman and Michael Neuhaeuser, as the Executive… read more…

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Cooke Optics, Caledonia, Same Team

By now, the press releases are online, complete with Cooke mistooked as Cook, along with a distraction of financial figures. Les Zellan called with clarifications today. Caledonia Investments plc, a self-managed investment trust based in the UK, acquired a majority stake in Cooke Optics. The current Cooke management team and day-to-day company activities remain unchanged. Caledonia’s investment will facilitate company growth and development of new lenses. read more…